Panama Day 3: Looking back, pressing on

It has been a while since the last blog post and a lot has happened in the past few days. So, I’ll try and summarize what has happened so far. It is day 11 now and we have been to Puebla (Mexico), Querétaro (Mexico), and we are in Panama City right now. On Thursday we left Puebla and drove 4 hours to Querétaro to spend 3 days helping the amazing ministry that is there–through soccer and building relationships with the teams involved. It was a bittersweet moment as we had to say goodbye to our new friend Jazmine, but we also knew it was going to be full of new opportunities to share and be a light.

On the Thursday evening that we arrived, we played a game and after the game, Bekkah shared her story while Laura shared the gospel message. On Friday our game consisted of an official opening ceremony, with player introductions and the national anthems of Canada and Mexico, and the game ended in penalty kicks, which we won 2-0. Carril shared her testimony and Dexi shared the gospel afterwards. Our last game in Mexico was on Saturday, which we won 3-0, but more importantly it was another opportunity to share Jesus with the other team. We had Paola share her story and Zuri go over the gospel. We also spent time talking and getting to know the Mexicans on the other team. Throughout our time in Mexico, we learned to slow down and how to not just meet people, but truly get to know them. We learned that despite a language barrier on our team and often with the people we talked to, it didn’t matter. We are connected through Christ and words were not needed to love and to laugh–that’s universal.

Forever friends were made. As we left Mexico and flew to Panama City, we had to say goodbye to some of our new friends: Dexi, Zuri, Saul, David, Paola, and Gabby. It was a sad morning, but we know that through our new bonds as a family in Christ, we will never be too far from each other and will always be unified as one through both soccer and Jesus.

So far, our time in Panama City has consisted of running a soccer clinic with an orphanage and being a part of the Panama CRU (Campus Crusade) meeting with local staff and Leader Impact staff from Canada. We have more games coming and more opportunities to share Jesus with the people around us through the love of soccer. So much has happened already; and there is so much more to come!!

1 Corinthians 12:12- “For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ.”

– Written by Janae Worobets (Calgary, AB)

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Heather Stevenson
Heather Stevenson has been working for Athletes in Action for the last 7 years. Although her main focus with AIA has been her involvement with the Soccer and Campus divisions, she finds great joy in capturing stories through writing. Whether she's serving internationally, working with kids at camp, teaching English, or working with university students she is passionate about bringing her experiences and the ministry of others' to life.

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